You will become a member of the ISU from the day that your application is processed at HQ. This covers you for basic membership benefits until you make your first subscription payment. You must be a fully paying member to qualify for assistance.
The ISU do not guarantee assistance with personal representation with an incident that predates ISU membership. Union membership is like an insurance scheme, you cannot claim for an incident that has happened before the scheme was taken out.
If are requesting immediate assistance, this MUST be disclosed either before or with your application and full details must be provided. Your request will then be placed before the General Secretary and Head of Personal Casework for consideration.
To qualify for any financial ISU benefits i.e. SDA/AHW/AAA payments, personal accident claims, members must have made full subscription payments for a minimum of 6 months before being eligible to claim.